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Fun with 5FM and Three Ingredient Chocolate Mug Cakes


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I’ve had a couple of interesting Sunday mornings over the last few weeks. They involved taking a little drive south to the 5FM studios at SABC headquarters and hanging out with Thomas Msengana (one of my favourite radio voices ever), Elma Smit, Vic and Thato on the Weekend Breakfast Show. Happy chaos pretty much sums it up, and we’ve had so much fun with our micro-brekkie recipes – breakfast in a mug, cooked in the microwave. Super sophisticated. Definitely interesting.

The first Sunday I made a 3 ingredient chocolate cake, here’s how

Chocolate Mug Cake
50g Nutella (about 2 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp peanut butter (optional)
1 egg, at room temperature
10g self raising flour (about 1 Tbsp)

1. Mix the ingredients together in a mug until well combined.
2. Microwave on high for 1.5 – 2 minutes or until just cooked through but still a little gooey.

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Last Sunday was #FrenchFlair Sunday, to celebrate our win against the French the day before, and so we made microwave crêpes, and you can too, it’s easy peasy

Microwave Nutella Crepes
1 cup plain flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 Tbsp sugar
(Recipe can easily be halved)

Nutella to serve, or berries or cinnamon sugar

1. Whisk all of the ingredients together until you have a smooth batter, the consistency of cream.
2. Spray a side-plate with baking spray or lightly grease with a little butter. Add 2 Tbsp of the mixture onto the plate and spread it out until you have a smooth circle. Microwave for 45 seconds – 1 minute on high, turn the crepe over and microwave for a further 20-30 seconds or until just cooked through. Remove the crepe and set it aside, and repeat the process until you have used up all your batter.
3. Spread with Nutella, or the topping of your choice, roll, and serve immediately.

Recipe can easily be halved.
Microwave the Nutella jar for 20-30 seconds or loosen with a little hot water before using so that the mixture is easier to spread.


The first time, Elma was in the process of bleaching Thomas’ hair in between spoonfuls of chocolate cake. This week, poor Thomas was under the microscope again and Elma was after his eyebrows

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And speaking of microscopes, poor Vic and his ‘cosmopolitan palate’ had to guess which were garden snails and which were French-style escargots –  he was as game and gallant as could be expected, under the circumstances…

Vic(Thanks Elma for this collage)

(Catch me back in studio again in a couple of weeks time, we’ll make Christmas Cake in a Cup and I’ll be giving away a signed copy of my book ‘bitten.’